Please note that during the General Election 2019 the APPG for Ending Homelessness will cease activities. The Group will be re-formed following the election.
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Ending Homelessness (APPGEH) was set up in response to growing numbers of people rough sleeping and upward trends in the number of homeless applications.
Between 2014 and 2016, when the APPG formed, rough sleeping rose dramatically by over 50% (see DCLG statistics). This showed that the current system is not efficient enough at preventing and resolving homelessness. We therefore created the group to tackle this issue. We believe it is vital that the Government recognises this growing emergency.
The APPGEH holds regular meetings with its officers to discuss the issues which proceed and escalate homelessness. It aims to develop the policy solutions which will create lasting change. The Group will also provide a platform for homeless people to engage with Parliamentarians and key sector stakeholders and help inform the political dialogue surrounding homelessness.
Find out about our current campaign, A Safe Home, which is calling for everyone homeless as a result of fleeing domestic abuse to have access to a safe, secure home here.
Chairs and Vice-Chairs
Neil Coyle MP (Labour) - Co-Chair
Neil was elected MP to Bermondsey and old Southwark in the last election and has a strong interest in housing. He previously helped ensure that two local tenants’ associations were re-established. He also has significant experience in campaigning for a fairer welfare policy and is an active member of the local community.
Lord Young of Cookham (Conservative) - Co-Chair
Lord Young of Cookham was elevated to the House of Lords in 2015. He previously served as an MP between 1974-2015, during which time he held numerous Ministerial roles. During his time as Housing Minister in the early 1990s, he pioneered the Rough Sleepers Initiative, which reduced the numbers sleeping rough in London by two-thirds.
For more information about Lord Young, please see here.
Lord Bird (Crossbench) - Vice-Chair
Lord Bird is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Big Issue magazine. On his elevation to the House of Lords, he described his priorities as social justice, social inequality and poverty.
For more information about Lord Bird, follow him on Twitter.
Bob Blackman MP (Conservative) - Vice-Chair
Bob Blackman has been MP for Harrow East since 2010. He is the author of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, which places new duties on local authorities to help people facing homelessness. Bob is also a member of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee.
Tonia Antoniazzi MP (Labour) - Vice-Chair
Tonia Antoniazzi was elected as MP for Gower at the 2017 General Election. She is a member of the Women and Equalities and Welsh Affairs Committees.
Nick Herbert MP (Conservative) - Vice-Chair
Nick Herbert was elected as MP for Arundel and South Downs in May 2005. He has served in a number of Ministerial roles including Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice. He was previously an Officer of the APPG for Ending Homelessness. Before being elected as a Vice-Chair in the 2019 AGM.
Ivan Lewis MP (Independent) - Vice Chair
Ivan was elected MP to Bury South in 1997. He has served as a Minister of State for Care Services, International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He is currently the Co-Chair of the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Homelessness Action Network.
Rachel Maskell (Labour) - Vice Chair
Rachel Maskell was elected as the MP for York Central at the 2015 General Election. She currently serves as Shadow Rail Minister and is a member of the Ecclesiastical Committee. As well as an interest in homelessness, she has a strong interest in health and social care. Before her election to Parliament, she worked as a care-worker, physiotherapist and health union representative.
Emma Reynolds (Labour) - Vice-Chair
Emma Reynolds was elected MP for Wolverhampton North in 2010. She has previously served as Shadow Communities Secretary and Shadow Housing Minister.
Stephen Timms (Labour) - Vice-Chair
Stephen Timms has been MP for East Ham since 1994, during which time he's taken on many ministerial roles. He is currently a Member of the Work and Pensions Committee.
Mike Wood (Conservative) - Vice-Chair
Mike Wood was elected as MP for Dudley South in 2010. He is PPS to International Trade Secretary Liam Fox.
For more information about Mike, please follow him on Twitter.
We work with a wide range of sector organisations to ensure the APPG is fully informed on the homelessness debate and the diverse homeless population. We aim to engage a wide range of local organsiations and homeless people in the APPGEH's activites.This collaborative platform allows the group to incorporate homeless voices from across the country into the policy discussion.
The Advisory Group includes St Mungo's, Shelter, Homeless Link, Centrepoint, YMCA, NHF, St Basil's, Housing Justice, Albert Kennedy Trust, Salvation Army, The Passage, Connection at St Martins, Changing Lives, Thames Reach, Depaul, Revolving Doors
The next meeting of the APPG for Ending Homelessness has not yet been announced.
For more information on the group and our meetings contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting agendas and minutes
- 21 October 2019 - minutes (PDF) - Annual General Meeting
- 14 January 2019 - minutes (Word) - Homeless deaths
- 17 October 2018 - minutes (PDF) - Annual General Meeting
- 30 April 2018 - minutes (PDF) - Youth homelessness
- 6 March 2018 - minutes (PDF) - Rapid rehousing
- 27 November 2017 - minutes (PDF) - Migrant homelessness
- 28 June 2017 - minutes (Word) - Annual general meeting
- 26 April 2017 - minutes (Word)- How to prevent survivors of domestic violence from becoming homeless
- 26 April 2017 - agenda (PDF) - How to prevent survivors of domestic violence from becoming homeless
- 25 January 2017 - minutes (Word) - How to prevent prison leavers from becoming homeless
- 26 October 2016 minutes (Word) - How to prevent care leavers from becoming homeless
- 28 June 2016 - minutes (Word)
- 9 March 2016 (inaugral meeting) - agenda (PDF)
If you would like more information on the APPGEH please do not hesitate to contact us. Email email@example.com or phone 020 7426 3888.